The AGI recognises the importance of engaging with the education sector, both at university and secondary school level. As geospatial technologies become mainstream it is more important that they are incorporated within education to equip the professionals of the future.
Students from a broader ranger of disciplines should understand how powerful geospatial analysis and techniques can be. This includes developers, analysts, scientists, policy and business students. This will support the wide range of employment opportunities and will provide the skills which the industry needs to prosper.This is not just about capturing geomatics students, spatial and data scientists but reaching students studying a range of subjects which can utilise geospatial technology.
The AGI offers free membership to all students who wish to join, allowing them to access AGI resources and discounted entry to any paid AGI events. The AGI also partners careers and engagement evenings with several universities to showcase the wide range of careers available in geospatial in both the public and private sectors.
For example, AGI Scotland supports the Edinburgh Earth Observatory seminar series at the University of Edinburgh. This brings together both current students with local professionals, providing vital networking opportunities for both and has led to a number of industry work placements.
AGI members are active in outreach work with schools, including through the RGS Geography Ambassador Programme and education initiatives with Royal Scottish Geographical Society. We have previously hosted students from a local school at an AGI event to understand the range of careers that geospatial can offer.